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I cannot remember the last time I really had a good night’s sleep. My depression and the usual stresses of life keep my brain ticking and unable to sleep.
Quite often in the afternoon I doze off. This is not much fun for the kids as they come home from school, they want my attention, and I am snoring on the sofa! I hate that I am letting them down and that I am too tired to play with them.
My doctor does not want me on sleeping tablets due to other medication I take. If I’m honest, I don’t want to go down this route either.
Even on days when I have been busy, when I’ve been to the gym to when I’ve been active all day, I find it very hard to sleep and to stay asleep all night.
So, what is the answer? It was staring me right in the face, but I ignored it for a while. I cannot believe something so simple could work.
Reading, yes reading. I have started reading, whether it be a book or magazine, for half an hour or so before I go to bed. I sit in the bedroom, with just a lamp on, no other distractions. It’s just peace and quiet for me.
For the first couple of nights, I didn’t really notice the difference. However, by the third night I was getting to sleep quicker and staying asleep for longer. Now, it hasn’t stopped me from waking up, but I am waking a lot less than I was and I feel less stressed when I do.
Apart from helping me sleep, I have found that it has given me the time I wanted to catch up on my reading, I had a stack of magazines and books that I was trying to find the time to read. As it is quiet, I take in a bit more of the information that I am reading.
Reading is a love of mine! I am so happy that my love is helping me to sleep and relax me. Books are amazing.
Take care everyone.